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The very gullible Professor Newton Black is led to believe that his new wife, a former widow, is the twenty-nine-year-old mother of a small boy. In reality, the corpulent Mrs. Black is forty, and her grown son Jack is a ne'er-do-well. Mrs. Black's life is further complicated by the financial demands of Tom Larkey, her physical fitness instructor, under whose tutelage she attempted to lose weight but instead gained ten pounds. Her pretense is nearly shattered by the arrival of Jack, for whom Professor Black has purchased a large variety of toys, and his creditor. Still hoping to delude her husband, Mrs. Black dresses Jack in feminine attire, blackens his face, and installs him as her cook. In this guise, Jack encounters his sweetheart, Priscilla Black, the professor's daughter by a previous marriage. After confessing to her husband, Mrs. Black drives away, only to be involved in an automobile accident. She then returns to her husband and son who both assure her of their love.